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Special Convention Issue, Day #2
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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NBAA Update

Sept. 26, 2007
Day 2

NBAA2007 News
NBAA's Steve Brown Tells Congress: Airline Delays Are a 'Self- Inflicted Wound'
Despite airlines' attempts to shift blame for their recent record-setting delays, the commercial airlines' scheduling practices are in fact a leading cause of flight delays, second only to adverse weather, said Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations and a former associate administrator for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Services. Brown's comments were made during testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation. Learn more and review Brown's testimony at:

AOPA's Boyer Says General Aviation Won't Be Divided in User Fee Fight
Phil Boyer, president and CEO of the 412,000-strong Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), said he was making his third appearance today in 18 years as head of AOPA at an NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention to reinforce the two organizations' shared opposition to user fees as a dire threat to the future of general aviation. Learn more at:

NBAA's Online Convention News Bureau Features Multimedia Event Coverage
Highlights from the first two days of the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) are now available at the Online Convention News Bureau. The News Bureau features articles and multimedia, including photos, webcams, podcasts and presentations from the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Visit the NBAA2007 Online Convention News Bureau at:

Like Today, Access Was a Hot Topic of the Original NBAA Meeting
The continuing battle to ensure business aviation's access to airspace actually began some 60 years ago, and the threat was so imminent that it galvanized the business community and led a handful of forward-thinking activists to form an organization to protect and promote the interests of all business aircraft operators. Today, NBAA is celebrating the anniversary of the first Annual Meeting of the Association, which was held 60 years ago in New York City. Learn more at:


NBAA Staff Answers Member Questions During Convention
Members were able to have their most pressing questions answered by NBAA representatives at today's NBAA Membership Meeting. Learn more:

Technology, Customization Driving Aircrew Training Evolution
The operators, training providers and regulators who participated in Tuesday's Aircrew Training panel discussion agreed on one point: pilot training standards and programs need to evolve to address a variety of industry concerns. Learn more at:

Safety Town Hall Meeting Focuses On Threat and Error Management
NBAA's Safety Town Hall Meeting offered a presentation on threat and error management (TEM) for business aviation. Being that the primary cause of aircraft accidents is flightcrew mistakes, the objective of TEM is to reduce human error in daily operations by identifying hazards, assessing risks, avoiding threat and containing end results. Learn more at:

Industry Experts Lead Panel Discussion on PJs and VLJs
If there was any doubt that personal jets (PJs) and very light jets (VLJs) have taken center stage among general aviation topics, the full house at NBAA's Panel Discussion on Personal Jets and Very Light Jets, which featured 14 industry experts from around the world, confirmed it. The panel included senior-level executives from leading authorities on business aviation, including aircraft manufacturers, VLJ operators and experts on aviation infrastructure. Learn more at:

Session Covers Federal Excise Tax, Special Considerations
NBAA this morning facilitated a session covering business aircraft federal excise taxes (FET). The panel provided aircraft operators in attendance with IRS filing guidelines and special considerations. Learn more at:

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FBOs, Clients Reach Consensus About Best Practices During Session
Fixed base operators (FBOs), pilots and dispatchers participated in a Convention panel discussion titled FBO Products, Services and Facilities for Business Aviation, which was aimed at finding common ground between what aviation clients want, and what capabilities FBOs provide. Learn more at:

NBAA On-Demand Education: Almost Like Being Here
In years past, those unable to attend the Convention or other important NBAA meetings, such as the Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, missed out on educational opportunities. But thanks to NBAA's On-Demand Education Program, they now can watch entire seminars using distance-learning technologies, such as an Internet-based streaming video on- demand service or video CD-ROM. Additionally, audio for other Convention sessions is scheduled to be available. Learn more at:

NBAA Provides CAM Program Update
NBAA yesterday held a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program Update in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center as one of numerous sessions offered to educate Attendees on NBAA services and programs. Three members of the Association's CAM Governing Board gave the presentation, covering the CAM Exam and related NBAA education programs, such as the Professional Development Program (PDP). Learn more at:

GA Educators Present Opportunities for Professional Development
Educators from the general aviation (GA) community joined this morning to discuss courses offered by NBAA's Professional Development Program (PDP), which was developed by NBAA to help prepare aviation professional for management roles within flight departments. The courses also award participants with credits that can be used to qualify for NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination, or to renew that certification through continuing education. Learn more at:

Meet Ops Service Group at NBAA Booth
Remember how helpful the Operations Service Group (OSG) was when you needed a quick, authoritative answer to a question about flying or managing your aircraft? If you would like to thank them for sharing their expertise, ask them additional questions or just finally meet Mark Larsen, Scott O'Brien and Jim McClay face-to-face, the three men will be stationed at the NBAA Booth in Hall C during the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention. Even if you have never used the OSG before, NBAA Convention Attendees are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the services the group provides. Contact the OSG at or learn more at:

NBAA Journal of Business Aviation Released at Convention
The fall issue of the NBAA Journal of Business Aviation offers an interesting lineup of articles for business aviation managers, including features about the complexities of leasing business aircraft, tips for flight departments undergoing a merger, use of VLJs in support of business, storm strategies, flight attendant training, work/life balance issues and electronic flight bags. With a new, shorter title, the NBAA Journal of Business Aviation has widened its focus to include not only management and safety topics but also operations, maintenance and career development articles. Members should watch for this publication to arrive in October; in the meantime, those attending the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta may pick up advance copies of this publication on-site at the publications bins in Hall C, or share feedback at

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NBAA2007 Highlights
NBAA 60th Anniversary Commemorative Flight
September 22, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

11th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
September 23, Stone Mountain Golf Club

KaBOOM! Playground Build
September 23, Near Fulton County Airport

16th Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference
September 23–24, Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)

NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention
September 25–27, Georgia World Congress Center

Opening General Session and Ribbon Cutting
September 25, 8:00 a.m., GWCC, Georgia Ballroom, Hall C

NBAA Static Display of Aircraft
September 25–27, Fulton County Airport

Georgia Aviation Day
September 27, Georgia World Congress Center

Maintenance Manual Workshop
September 28, Georgia World Congress Center

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
September 28–29, Georgia World Congress Center

Review the Full NBAA2007 Program Schedule

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